Tuesday, April 2, 2013

tuesday...altered letter tutorial

Hi everyone! I'm here today to share with you how to quickly alter a paper mache or chipboard letter (mine is from Hobby Lobby) to use as decor in your house. I chose the letter A because that's the first letter of my name but you can choose whatever you want and you can even do a whole word. The steps would be the same regardless of what you choose to do. So, let's get started!

  • large letter of your choice
  • ScrapThat! Main Kit
  • Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die
  • Cuttlebug machine (or any other die cutting machine)
  • Heartfelt Creations (HCPC 3367) Vintage Life Background PreCut Set (or any script background stamp)
  • archival ink in brown
  • Vintage Photo distress ink
  • Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch
  • brown acrylic paint

Step 1. Trace your letter unto your chosen pattern paper and cut it out. Paint your letter in brown, making sure that the edges are completely covered in paint. Let it dry.

Step 2. Adhere the pattern paper unto the paper mache letter and ink the edges.

Step 3. Randomly stamp the background script stamp on the letter.

Step 4. Punch out a border using a Martha Stewart punch and add to the left side of the letter. Trim the excess.

Step 5. Add a small banner across the letter and spell out whatever you want using the alphas included in the kit.

Step 6. Gather your embellies and hand make a few flowers and leaves using the Bitty Blossom die and papers from the Main Kit.

Step 7. Adhere the embellies to the letter as shown.

Step 8. Finally, add blind pearls around the cluster to finish your letter off.

Here are some close ups of the letter:

I hope that you give this tutorial a try and make an altered letter for your home! This one is now sitting in my scraproom.

Thanks for stopping! I hope that you are inspired to make something with this amazing kit! The April Kit is now available for purchase to non-subscribers in the ScrapThat! Store so go and get yours now!


  1. Wonderful tutorial Amy! Love what you have done! Hugs!~ Becky

  2. Great tutorial thanks so much for taking the time to show us step but step. You have inspired me. Beautiful A.


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